Talk about your bad trip: drug bust disrupts reporter’s Calgary-Halifax journey

Ruth Davenport, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - Most Canadians who have had to relocate from one point of our vast country to another know that a big move will come with at least one glitch.

Kristen Lipscombe sits in her bare condominium in Halifax on Monday.

In Kristen Lipscombe’s case, the glitch came in the form of nearly $9 million worth of hash, pot and heroin hidden aboard the moving truck that picked up all her worldly goods in Calgary on June 3.

“All you can do is laugh,” said Lipscombe on Monday – her first day on the job as Metro Halifax’s new sports reporter. “It’s out of my control, so I have to have a positive attitude and look at it as another life experience and a really good story.”

Lipscombe has moved several times in her life, so she wasn’t entirely surprised when the truck didn’t arrive in Halifax as scheduled last Thursday.

But the reason she got from the moving company the next day – Friday the 13th, no less – was a shock.

“It was literally, ‘we have some not so great news for you,’” said Lipscombe. “My first thought was, there was some sort of accident, my stuff’s all over the highway.”

In fact, Lipscombe’s clothing, mementoes and furniture were safely aboard the truck – but surrounded by boxes of pot and bricks of “high quality” heroin.

It was all seized at the Edmonton airport by members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT,) who found more drugs in a storage facility.

Several men – one of whom dutifully itemized and signed for all of Lipscombe’s belongings in her Calgary condo – were arrested.

Lipscombe says it’s a funny story in some ways – but not in others.

She said she wasn’t told the moving company – which came highly recommended – would be subcontracting the move to another company that she had no experience with.

“I don’t completely blame the moving company, but they should take responsibility for these employees that they contracted out to,” she said. “I have, obviously, individuals who shouldn’t be trusted dealing with all of my personal belongings. It’s disturbing.”

Information has been hard to come by – one moving company representative told Lipscombe the situation is a ‘gong show’ – but it appears her goods are on their way to Halifax.

She said she has enough stuff to get by for a few days, but is hoping it arrives sooner rather than later – and with some kind of discount.

“Moving is one of the most stressful life events…so add on the fact that my stuff is in the middle of some drug investigation, and that’s the icing on the cake,” she said.

Geographic location: Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton Alberta

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